NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (AP) — George Prescott Bush could have had a better start as a political candidate in Texas.

Bush on Friday stumbled over his words and sometimes appeared nervous in his first public speech since announcing his run for Texas Land Commissioner.

A luncheon of about 200 people at a policy conference near Austin nonetheless treated Bush to enthusiastic applause.

The 36-year-old nephew of former President George W. Bush didn’t take big risks in his political debut. He urged Texas lawmakers to continue prioritizing education and pledged to take a special interest in the welfare of veterans.

Bush is the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush but kept his remarks focused on Texas.

No other serious challengers have filed to run against George P. Bush in 2014.

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